Former NBA player Tim Hardaway joined us Friday to talk the current state of the NBA, NBA memories, and his son's upcoming basketball game against Wisconsin.
When asked about his former position, Hardaway said he thinks the point guard position "is still the same. You still gotta come out and run your team... and get your teammates in a position to win each and every night." He added that the defense has changed with more hand checking and zone defense. On Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings, Hardaway thinks he "does a great job at knowing when to score and when you have to run and facilitate for your team." He feels that Jennings has established himself as the point guard of the Bucks' future.
With his son's upcoming basketball game against Wisconsin, we asked Hardaway about Michigan's strengths and weaknesses. "When they run their offense, pass the ball around, get everybody involved... they can be very lethal." In the same way, he thinks Michigan gets in trouble when they don't move the ball around. Hardaway sees Wisconsin as a "good, methodical, tough half-court offensive team... If you don't play good defense for 35 seconds, each and every time they get the ball you're gonna be in trouble." He hoped to see a good game by both teams, which we all know turned out to be more than true in Saturday's overtime thriller.
What are Hardaway's fondest memories of his time in the NBA? "The competition, the camaraderie of your teammates" and playing against the likes of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Isaiah Thomas, Larry Bird, and more. "The competition was great."